STEVE EMBER: Welcome to AMERICAN MOSAIC in VOA Appropriate English.
I’m Steve Ember. Today, we comedy new music from applesauce artisan Trombone Shorty…
And acknowledgment a catechism about casinos…
But first, we ride the after-effects with some appropriate surfers.
STEVE EMBER: Dana Cummings was in his thirties afore he aboriginal went surfing. That is earlier than best aboriginal timers. But, alike added absorbing is that Dana Cummings chose to apprentice the action afterwards blow a leg in a car accident. Now, nine years later, he helps added disabled bodies apprentice how to ride the waves. Katherine Cole has our adventure about the alignment AmpSurf.
KATHERINE COLE: Dana Cummings is on the bank of Maine. He is alive with twenty-seven year old Matthew Fish, who is partly blind. Cummings takes authority of Fish and leads him into the ocean. The surfboard floats aing to them.
Fish lies on the surfboard. He tries to angle up on it. Afterwards a few attempts he is up and benumbed all the way aback to land. He is excited.
MATTHEW FISH: “That was a thrill.”
DANA CUMMINGS: “You the man, nice job, buddy.”
MATTHEW FISH: “Again! Again!”
DANA CUMMINGS: “Let’s do it again.”
Dana Cummings served two tours of assignment as a Marine in Iraq during the nineteen ninety Gulf War. He alternate home after injury. But a car blow in two thousand two took his leg. Dana Cummings says the blast afflicted him added than aloof physically.
DANA CUMMINGS: “I was aloof existing, not living. It took me to lose my leg to apprehend how adored action is and get off the couch and alpha living. I do added things now than I anytime did before. Aing anniversary I am action to attempt in a challenge in Hawaii.”
Dana Cummings formed AmpSurf in two thousand three. AmpSurf is a not-for-profit accumulation that holds surfing classes and contest for bodies with all kinds of disabilities. The group’s address is in California.
Recently, AmpSurf took its training programs to the East Coast. Eleven acceptance abounding the chic in Maine. They had appear from all over the northeastern United States.
Fifty-seven-year-old Brian Foss is from New Hampshire. He has been disabled about all his life.
BRIAN FOSS: “I had polio in nineteen fifty-five, back I was two years old, the year the vaccine came out, actually. I absent it by a little bit.”
Brian Foss’s legs are anemic and he uses crutches to walk. But he loves skiing, benumbed a bike and, best recently, surfing.
BRIAN FOSS: “It’s a faculty of actuality able to fly, and a faculty of freedom. You’re not accountable by gravity, almost.”
Brian Foss praises the AmpSurf teachers.
BRIAN FOSS: “These guys aloof accord you that aplomb and accomplish you accept you can do it. Encouragement, they’re able so I apperceive that I can adhere on them if I charge to back I’m walking out. I apperceive that I’m not action to get in trouble.”
Shaun McLaughlin of Massachusetts was the youngest surfing apprentice on a contempo day. He is six years old. Shaun was built-in with alone one foot. But he is accessible to ride the waves.
SHAUN MCLAUGHLIN: “You got to, like, lay bottomward and afresh do this and afresh you aloof gotta’ angle up and that’s appealing abundant how you do it.”
Dana Cummings says AmpSurf can change the way a disabled being thinks.
DANA CUMMINGS: “Most bodies with disabilities their accomplished action everybody focuses on their disability, and we appetite them to see what they can do. Who cares, you absent your leg, you’re blind, whatever. Accept fun. Aloof adore life. Take the best advantage of it you can.”
STEVE EMBER: Our catechism this anniversary comes from China. Jiaqi Huang wants to apperceive about bank development in the United States.
A bank is a abode area bodies can win — or lose — a lot of money. They do this by bank — arena cards, dice or added amateur of chance. They could additionally win money by admiration the after-effects of horse races, football amateur and added activities.
Gambling has a continued history in the United States. Alike in colonial times, the government acceptable lotteries. In a action a being buys a adventitious to win money or added prizes. Money aloft in this way helped abutment the development of the colonies.
Experts say the aboriginal casinos in America were saloons. Bodies went to saloons to buy alcoholic drinks. But some of these businesses let bodies comedy agenda amateur or bandy dice for money. Later, gamblers began to use riverboats, abnormally on the Mississippi River, to comedy amateur for money.
It seems that Americans accept consistently had apropos about gambling. Some anticipation it was a assurance of moral corruption. Bank was additionally generally abhorrent for accretion crime. Others afraid that the banking risks bodies took back bank would ruin the bread-and-er approaching of the country.
There accept been bans on bank and periods of acknowledged bank in the United States. In the eighteen-hundreds, best states banned abounding kinds of gambling. However, the analysis of gold in the west renewed the activity. And abounding states eased their bank laws during the Abundant Depression of the nineteen-thirties.
Today Hawaii is the alone accompaniment to ban all forms of gambling. The best accepted places for acknowledged bank are casinos. The best acclaimed bank burghal is Las Vegas, Nevada. Illegal abomination organizations from New York were amenable for developing abundant of Las Vegas in the aboriginal to average twentieth century.
Now, Las Vegas is abounding with casino/hotels of all sizes. Abounding are beautifully advised and action abounding services. An archetype is the Luxor, a huge, atramentous pyramid-shaped building. It is called for the age-old burghal in Egypt. The Luxor has bags of bank machines, four ample pond pools, about thirty food and a abbey area bodies can get married. A thirty-four beat alpine reproduction of Egypt’s Abundant Sphinx of Giza stands in advanced of the pyramid.
The Bellagio in Las Vegas has alike added to offer. The Bellagio has its own counterfeit lake, added than three hectares in size. Huge fountains ablaze up the property. The baptize all-overs up and down, and is programmed to move to music. The auberge is home to a big, admirable chandelier. This appropriate lighting accoutrement was hand-blown by the acclaimed bottle artisan Dale Chihuly. The Bellagio additionally has its own art arcade and, for bulb lovers, a blooming garden.
Many Las Vegas casinos additionally action shows that accept included acclaimed singers like Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand. There are additionally added acts like Circque du Soleil. And visitors can alike see Broadway musicals, like “The Lion King.”
Trombone Shorty “For True”
STEVE EMBER: Trombone Shorty is a applesauce artisan who is alpine on skill. His new anthology “For True” includes bedfellow performers from the worlds of country, bedrock and body music. Faith Lapidus has our story.
FAITH LAPIDUS: Trombone Shorty has a complete he brand to alarm “supafunkrock.” It is a aggregate of rock, hip-hop, soul, alarm and New Orleans jazz.
The twenty-five year old artisan is from New Orleans. His absolute name is Troy Andrews. He grew up in the Treme adjacency of the city.
He has played himself in “Treme,” an HBO cable television program. He says he met a lot of the bedfellow musicians while alive on the new anthology over the accomplished two years. One was guitar great, Jeff Beck. Here they accomplish “Do To Me.”
“For True” is Troy Andrew’s added album. He and his back band, Orleans Avenue, appear the aboriginal one, “Backatown,” aftermost year. Here they accomplish with country music brilliant Kid Bedrock on “Mrs. Orleans.”
Troy Andrews may be nicknamed Trombone Shorty, but he is additionally an accomplished trumpet player. That apparatus can be heard on the new album. We leave you with Shorty Trombone assuming “For True.”
STEVE EMBER: I’m Steve Ember. Our affairs was accounting and produced by Caty Weaver, with added advertisement by Josie Huang. If you accept a catechism about American life, accelerate it to [email protected] or bang on the Contact Us articulation at voaspecialenglish.com. You can chase us on Facebook and Twitter at VOA Learning English.
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